Posts Tagged ‘children’s picture book’

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole

December 16, 2014

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett with illustrations by Jon Klassen

Sam and Dave are on a mission to dig a hole in search of something spectacular.  As they try to figure out the best strategy, the reader (and the knowing dog) see the big gems that the pair are missing.  When they fall asleep and free-fall through the deeper hole, they end up falling from above, back to where they were before…or is it?  With sepia-toned illustrations, spare text and the reader in the know, children will enjoy the surprise ending.

This story reminded of that child-like belief that you can dig a hole to China, and the illustrations brought to mind that classic, A Hole is to Dig by Ruth Krauss.  Enjoy!



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Cats? In a Book?

December 12, 2014

There are cats

Have you read all the Eric Hill Spot books multiple times and need something new? Here’s just the thing! Check out one of Viviane Schwarz’s three lift-the-flap, interactive stories featuring cats. The first, There Are Cats in This Book, introduces Andre, Moonpie and Tiny. Each is distinct. Tiny is small and red. Moonpie is given a blue, slender figure. Andre is a large yellow cat. The action begins on the cover of the book as the cats peek over the partial jacket. Once the book is open readers are in for chaotic fun with characters who speak directly to their audience…


Hello. Who are you ?… Are you nice ?… You look nice.”


and invite them to play along…


TURN/ THE/ PAGE! / You did it! You saved us. Phew!/

Can you dry us, too? / Just blow on the page

There are no cats 

In There Are No Cats in This Book the three felines decide a vacation is in order. The cats want to escape the book to see the world. The same winning elements are at play in this follow-up book: flaps, bright colors and the dialogue between characters and audience. Readers will be glad the crazy cats safely return to their book pages so they can return in another episode.

Is there a dog

Peeking over the half jacket again, Moonpie, Andre and Tiny ask, Is There a Dog in This Book? Indeed there is! A purple dog. As readers help the cats find the dog they also help the cats learn to love the dog. Readers will be moving furniture, peeking in closets and petting animals to assist the frenetic threesome and their new pal.


Whew! Readers who made it through all that craziness in one sitting need a break. Time to pet the cats and dogs.

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Planet Kindergarten

December 10, 2014

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By Sue Ganz-Schmitt

Illustrated by Shane Prigmore

3, 2, 1, BLAST OFF! The boy in this book is training to explore Planet Kindergarten on his very first mission. He checks his plans for the next day, gets his supplies with his mom, gets two thumbs up from the doctor, and prepares for lift off! It’s difficult to explore a strange new world on his own, but he doesn’t want his parents to worry, so he stands tall. His crew mates are all strange creatures. Though he’s dealing with many unusual crew members, the boy manages to make a new friend.

Planet Kindergarten is an outrageous space-themed adventure with lots of fun characters. If your child is a fan of space, or zany books, they’ll love reading this adventure. The illustrations are extremely colorful and fun, giving hints about the normal day behind the space mission. There’s even a few Star Trek references for the grown ups! You might consider reading it to prepare your little one for his or her own trip to kindergarten!

Recommended for ages 3-5.

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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This Book Just Ate My Dog!

November 28, 2014

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by Richard Byrne

When her dog disappears into the gutter of the book, Bella calls for help. But when the helpers disappear too, Bella realizes it will take more than a tug on the leash to put things right.

With a little direction from Bella, readers will turn, shake and jiggle the book until everyone’s been rescued! This Book Just Ate My Dog is a clever, funny story that can’t help but delight!

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Reviewed by: Lara (Haggard Library)









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Bree Finds a Friend

November 25, 2014

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By Mike Huber




Friends were playing together during recess, but Bree was all alone. She pretends to plant blueberries while digging in the dirt.  Her discovery of a worm brings another student over to investigate. Will they become friends? Read this adorable picture book with your little one to find out. Both the sweet story and the charming illustrations make this a great read aloud for preschools as well as home settings. Happy reading!

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Zeraffa Giraffa

November 18, 2014

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By Dianne Hofmeyr

Illustrated by Jane Ray

Zeraffa the giraffe was caught in Africa. No taller than the tallest hunter, she was just a baby. When she was presented to the Pasha, he was delighted. He decided that she would be the perfect gift for his friend, the king of France. Zeraffa was given to a boy named Atir, who would care for her on the long journey. They first took a small boat up the Nile River, then a bigger boat across the Mediterranean Sea, and then Atir and Zeraffa walked the great distance to the beautiful city of Paris!

Through the whole journey, Zeraffa keeps growing, and growing, and growing! By the time they reach the King, she’s taller than any animal the French have ever seen. They loved her right away! Soon, French ladies were styling their wigs to be as tall as they could and they decorated their homes with the pattern on Zeraffa’s fur. The French people made cookies in the shape of giraffes and trimmed their bushes to look like her. But the one who loved her most of all was the King’s granddaughter.

Zeraffa Giraffa is a beautiful book about a giraffe’s great journey. The soft illustrations will capture the reader’s imagination and transport them to a time long ago when no one had ever seen a giraffe in Paris.

Recommended for ages: 6-10

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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Poor Doreen, A Fishy Tale

November 7, 2014

doreenPoor Doreen, A Fishy Tale

By Sally Lloyd-Jones & Alexandra Boiger

Miss Doreen Randolph-Potts is an amply roundy fish. On her way to visit a cousin who’s just had 157 babies she encounters a fisherman (Oh dear!). She sees a dragon fly on the way and thinks, “Goody! How lucky, a snack for my journey!” but poor Doreen gets caught by the fisherman! The fisherman jerks his pole and reels her in. Instead of being scared, Doreen thinks she’s become the fastest swimmer in the world. Through a series of fortunate events, silly Doreen makes it back into the water without ever losing her cheerful attitude.

Poor Doreen comes to life with beautiful watercolor pictures and fun text that bends and changes sizes for emphasis. Even though poor Doreen goes through some scary things (like being picked up by a heron!), she stays joyful and friendly through her whole journey. She even makes pleasant conversation with the heron that’s trying to eat her!  Everyone will enjoy this fishy tale.

Recommended for ages 4-8.

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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Lion, Lion by Miriam Busch

November 4, 2014

Lion, Lion by Miriam Busch

I love the cover of this book!  The reader knows right away that the story will be humorous, judging by the expression on the little boy’s face.

The boy is looking for Lion, and Lion says he’s looking for lunch.  The boy makes some helpful suggestions, to which the Lion declines.  But readers are in for a twist, and in  the end they will get a good laugh.  The illustrations by Larry Day are on white background spreads,  making the body language and expressions of the characters really stand out.

I highly recommend this new book, which will spark your child’s imagination, make them laugh, and create lots of opportunities for talking together.

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Tyrannosaurus Wrecks!

October 30, 2014

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By Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

Illustrated by Zachariah Ohora

All of the other dinosaurs in kindergarten are playing so nicely together. Aptosaurus colors, Pteranodon inspects, Velociraptor glitters, but Tyrannosaurus wrecks all their hard work! He’s not very good at playing with any of the other dinosaurs, knocking over their blocks and making a mess of craft time. It’s not a surprise that none of the other dinosaurs want to play with him, but it leave Tyrannosaurus feeling lonely and sad. Can he learn to fix instead of wreck and clean up instead of make a mess?

Like many other books for this pre-school age, Tyrannosaurus Wrecks! can help children understand that it’s better to be nice when playing with others. With vivid pictures and an adorable, bright orange Tyrannosaurus, it’s easy to have fun with this book. Some of the dinosaur names are challenging, but there’s a guide in the front of the book to help you out!

Recommended for ages 3-6.

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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It Is Night

October 29, 2014

It Is Night CoverIt Is Night

By Phyllis Rowland


It is time for bear, rooster, rabbit, duck, cat and other friends to go to sleep. Where should they go to rest? This adorable read answers the question for each friend, suggesting to each a wonderfully perfect place to rest. The illustrations are super sweet and soft, yet beautifully colored to capture your little one’s attention. This is a lovely book to read at bedtime, naptime, or any time. Happy reading!

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